NASA Now Accepting Student Experiments for ISSEver wanted to conduct research in space? Well, now’s your chance. NASA is now accepting experiments as part of SSEP (the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program) to ride into space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 sometime in 2013.
This is all thanks to the space science group NCESSE, or the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education. They are taking experiments from students between the fifth grade and college, and they will be culling down the list to the top few regardless of the scientist’s age. If you have an idea, you have until September 12, 2012 to submit it. The final decision on which experiments will be launched will be made by December 7th.
This isn’t the first time that NCESSE has launched student experiments. The group has lifted three other sets of experiments, launching a total of 60 student experiments into space.
All experiments will take place in a specially designed micro-laboratory that will be provided by the Center. This is an incredible opportunity for those with a scientific bent, one which could change how an entire community sees space and education. Said NCESSE’s director Dr. Jeff Goldstein,
“SSEP is designed to empower the student as scientist, and within the real-world context of science. Student teams design a real experiment, propose for a real flight opportunity, experience a formal proposal review process, and go through a NASA flight safety review. They even have their own science conference at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, where they are immersed in their own community of researchers. SSEP is about introducing real science to our children, and if you give them a chance to be scientists, stand back and be amazed.”You can read more from the announcement at the NCESSE’s dedicated page.